Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to remove stubborn fat deposits from various areas of the body, including the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, ankles, chin, cheeks, neck, and upper arms. The goal with liposuction is to sculpt the contours of the body to provide a firm, slender appearance.

Liposuction Candidate

The ideal candidate for liposuction can relate to the following:

  • Stubborn areas of fat in various areas of the body
  • Good skin elasticity
  • Healthy body weight
  • Does not smoke

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure; rather, it is ideal for those who have been unsuccessful at reducing the appearance of fat in particular areas through regular diet and exercise.

Patients who have excess stretched or loose skin may not be the best candidates for liposuction, as this procedure does not excise the skin. A tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift or other body contouring procedure may be better options for these patients.

Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is performed using either general or local anesthesia. Very small incisions are made so that a hollow tube called a cannula can be inserted to break up the fat and suction it from the body. The number of incisions made will depend on the size of the area to be treated. The length of the procedure can vary from one to five hours, depending on the amount of fat removed.

Recovery From Liposuction

After liposuction surgery, you will likely be instructed to wear a compression garment to help the skin adhere to the new body contour and to reduce swelling. Small drains may be placed in the incisions temporarily to remove any accumulating fluid. Patients should plan for reduced activity and time off from work for at least two weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for four to six weeks. Pain medication will be prescribed to help you remain comfortable during the healing process. For the best results and a shorter recovery time, be sure to follow your surgeon’s postoperative instructions.

Liposuction Results

Patients who gain a significant amount of weight following liposuction surgery will likely see a change in the way their fat is dispersed. Fat can still collect in the treated areas, but it will be more apparent in untreated areas. Patients should follow a healthy diet and exercise routine to help maintain results, which are typically long-lasting.

Risks and Side Effects of Liposuction

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with liposuction. These include:

  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Changes in skin sensation
  • Asymmetry
  • Damage to deeper structures
  • Skin discoloration
  • Persistent swelling in the legs

Liposuction Consultation

Dr. Thompson can help you decide if liposuction is the right procedure for you during a consultation. If you are considering liposuction in the Colts Neck, New Jersey area, please call 732-410-4789 today or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.